Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.

January 23, 2021

You Can Craft Beautiful Stained Glass at Home With These Colorful Kits

You have probably seen stained glass in the magnificent windows of churches or in the hanging lamps of cozy restaurants. Stained glass is an ancient art form dating back thousands of years to the earliest innovations in glass working. Today, contemporary artists and craftspeople push the boundaries of stained glass. So, what is stained glass and how is it formed?

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January 21, 2021

U.S. Rejoins World Health Organization and Paris Climate Agreement

Most new presidents have an ambitious plan of action for their first 100 days in office. America's 46th President Joe Biden is already off to a running start with 17 executive actions in his first 24 hours in office. Among the important orders issued from the Oval Office are rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement. Both are UN-associated international groups where U.S.

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January 17, 2021

Explore the History of Windsor Castle, the Longest Occupied Castle in the World

Nestled into a charming small town in the British countryside is Windsor Castle—the oldest continually occupied castle in the world. It is also the largest castle in which people still live and work. Thousands of tourists a day flock to visit the staterooms, chapels, and rolling grounds open to the public. Behind these public scenes, the castle contains extensive private grounds and royal apartments fit for a Queen.

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January 11, 2021

Scientists Find First Known Dwarf Giraffes in Namibia and Uganda

While conducting a routine research survey of endangered giraffe populations, scientists working for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) encountered a previously undocumented natural occurence. As described in a recent paper for the journal BMC Research Notes, two wild dwarf giraffes make history as the first documented members of their species to present skeletal dysplasia which renders them about half the height of their peers.

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